Big Fish

Big Fish

Tim Burton (2003)

PG Certificate


Our Score
After his foray into the dangerous world of remakes with Planet of the Apes, director Tim Burton returned to more familiar territory here - a strange place somewhere between reality and fantasy, dream and nightmare. Albert Finney plays Edward Bloom, an Alabama travelling salesman whose apparent neglect and selfishness, coupled with ridiculous stories of his exploits, have driven a wedge between him and his son, Will (Billy Crudup). Called to his father's deathbed, Will is infuriated when his wife is regaled with tall tales in which young Edward (Ewan McGregor) encounters a giant, a witch, a shape-changing circus ringmaster and a big fish no one can catch. Intent on exposing his father, the disgruntled son sets out to learn the truth. Despite being confined to his bed, Finney conjures up the charisma of the fabulist - brought to life in flashback by McGregor, performing his familiar but effective cheeky chappy routine. Essentially a road movie, Big Fish drifts colourfully along, but ultimately lacks the edge that made Edward Scissorhands so powerful, as well as so strange.


A writer driven away from home by his father's tall tales returns when the old man is on his deathbed. He sets out to retrace his father's life in the hope of finally learning the truth - but in the process, remembers why he loved the fanciful stories as a child. Tim Burton's fantasy drama, starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Helena Bonham Carter, Danny DeVito and Steve Buscemi.

Cast & Crew

Young Edward Bloom Ewan McGregor
Edward Bloom Albert Finney
Will Bloom Billy Crudup
Sandra Bloom Jessica Lange
Jenny / The Witch Helena Bonham Carter
Young Sandra Alison Lohman
Dr Bennett Robert Guillaume
Josephine Marion Cotillard
Karl the Giant Matthew McGrory
Don Price (age 18-22) David Denman
Mildred Missi Pyle
Beamen Loudon Wainwright III
Ping Ada Tai
Jing Arlene Tai
Norther Winslow Steve Buscemi
Amos Calloway Danny DeVito
Mr Soggybottom Deep Roy
Director Tim Burton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Edited for language and violence, and contains brief nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 23 Jan 2004